Palace of Karnak, Teresina, State of Piauí, Brazil

The name Teresina is a tribute to Lady Teresa Cristina, Empress of Brazil, wife of D. Pedro II. Lady Cristina was so admired in Piauí that another city, Imperatriz, was named after Her. Likewise, Teresópolis, city in Rio de Janeiro, was named in homage to Lady Teresa Cristina.

Teresina was the first city in Brazil to be planned. It was designed in 1852 by a master builder in the form of a chessboard. Located 622 km far from Fortaleza, Teresina is the only capital of Brazilian northeast which was not built by the coast; because of this, Piauí is the only Brazilian State which is most developed in the interior than on the coastline.

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